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Residents of Japanese town band together to create rice art

Aomori - Around 8,000 residents of the town Inakadate in Aomori Prefecture banded together to create some incredible art using simple arrangementsof rice.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Japan police raid apartment of 'crying politician' Nonomura

Tokyo - Japanese police Friday raided the apartment of a provincial politician who became an Internet sensation after he was filmed crying like a toddler when confronted about his alleged misuse of public funds.
In the Media by AFP

Japan nuclear watchdog says two reactors safe to switch back on

Tokyo - Japan's nuclear watchdog said Wednesday that two atomic reactors were safe enough to switch back on, marking a big step towards restarting the country's nuclear plants which were shuttered after the Fukushima crisis.
In the Media by Kyoko Hasegawa (AFP)

Arrest of Tokyo vagina artist sparks free expression protest

Tokyo - Japanese police have arrested a Tokyo artist on obscenity charges for distributing data that allowed recipients to make 3D prints of her vagina, sparking protests over what supporters said was an attack on free expression.
In the Media by AFP

Campaigners push for pacifist Japanese to win Nobel Peace Prize

Tokyo - Campaigners are pushing for Japan's population to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize in a nod to the country's long-held pacifism, even as Tokyo controversially expands the scope of the military in a move that has sparked protests at home.
In the Media by Yuta Yagishita (AFP)

Japan braced for more aftershocks of giant 2011 quake

Tokyo - Seismologists said an earthquake that struck near Japan's shuttered Fukushima nuclear site early Saturday was an aftershock of the tremor that sparked 2011's deadly tsunami, and warned of more to come.The strong 6.
In the Media by AFP

Minor tsunami hits northeastern Japan after strong quake

Tokyo - A minor tsunami hit Miyagi prefecture in Japan early Saturday after a strong 6.8-magnitude quake jolted the country's northeastern Pacific coast, prompting advisories for regions including around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
In the Media by AFP

Japan issues Fukushima tsunami advisory after strong quake

Tokyo - Japan issued a tsunami advisory early Saturday after a strong 6.8-magnitude quake struck in the Pacific off Fukushima prefecture, authorities said.The Japan Meteorological Agency said a local tsunami of up to one metre (3.
In the Media by AFP

Japan PM says horrors of war must never be repeated

Port Moresby - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Friday said the horrors of war must never be repeated as he visited a World War II battlefield in Pacific nation Papua New Guinea.
In the Media by AFP

Downgraded typhoon brushes past Fukushima on way out to sea

Tokyo - Tropical storm Neoguri skirted past the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Japan's east coast Friday and blew out to sea, leaving behind it a trail of destruction and several people dead.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Typhoon Neoguri brushes by Tokyo

Tokyo - Typhoon Neoguri brought wind and waves to the Tokyo region early Friday after leaving several people and causing havoc across small communities in western and central Japan earlier in the week.
In the Media by AFP

Neoguri kills 7, hammers Kyushu, Japan

Kagoshima - Neoguri made landfall on the Japanese island of Kyushu on Thursday. The storm brought heavy rain, killing seven people and injuring 45 others.
In the Media by Chikako Uchinami - 2 comments

Flooding, havoc in Japan as Typhoon Neoguri batters mainland

Tokyo - Typhoon Neoguri slammed into the Japanese mainland Thursday bringing widespread flooding, ripping trees from their roots and leaving houses half-buried under mud, as tens of thousands were urged to seek shelter.
In the Media by AFP

Typhoon Neoguri makes landfall on Japan's southern main island

Tokyo - Typhoon Neoguri slammed into Japan's southern main island early Thursday after lashing the Okinawa island chain, with three people killed as powerful winds and torrential rains battered the country.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Japan, Israel sign R&D agreement

Jerusalem - Japan and Israel have signed a research and development cooperation agreement, the first such agreement Japan has signed with another country.
In the Media by Chikako Uchinami - 1 comment

Typhoon Neoguri bears down on Japanese mainland

Tokyo - Typhoon Neoguri bore down on the Japanese mainland Wednesday after slamming into the southern Okinawa island chain, killing two people in the country and leaving a trail of damage in its wake.
In the Media by Miwa Suzuki (AFP)

Typhoon Neoguri reaches Kyushu

Tokyo - Weakened but still formidable, Typhoon Neoguri is now approaching Japan's southern island of Kyushu as residents prepare to ride out the storm.
In the Media by Chikako Uchinami

Sumo wrestler Kakuryū Rikisaburō: circle in the sand

Tokyo - Every summer In Japan, the Thunder Gods roar to life in the Grand Imperial Shinto Rite known to the outside world as sumo.
In the Media by Chikako Uchinami

Powerful typhoon Neoguri lashes Japan's Okinawa islands

Tokyo - Typhoon Neoguri lashed Japan's southern Okinawa islands, reportedly leaving two dead and forcing more than half a million to seek shelter, as the region's worst storm in years damaged buildings, downed trees and brought air and sea traffic to a halt.
In the Media by Miwa Suzuki (AFP)

Op-Ed: Tokyo 2020 Zeus vs Amaterasu

Tokyo - The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games are an economic boon for Japan, but insiders reveal that nothing good comes without a price.
In the Media by Chikako Uchinami

The previous 'Robot Olympics' competition

Recent articles on Japan's possible Robot Olympics sparked a wave of interest about the concept on many sites. A previous contest was held in 2013 that could give us some insight on what the future event may look like.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Supertyphoon Neoguri hits Okinawa

Kadena - Supertyphoon Neoguri has reached Okinawa. The next few hours will be critical, as the most intense part of the storm sweeps over the heavily populated Japanese island, home to Kadena AFB.
In the Media by Chikako Uchinami

Whaling dominates Japan PM's New Zealand trip

Auckland - The thorny issue of whaling dominated Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe's whistlestop trip to New Zealand Monday, with Prime Minister John Key saying they had agreed to disagree on the matter.
In the Media by AFP

The Rebirth of the (British) Empire

Canberra - When the Japanese Government announced the reinterpretation of Article 9 last week, many feared a resurgence of Empire. Today, Japan and Australia revealed that the Empire in question is British.
In the Media by Chikako Uchinami

Op-Ed: Behind enemy lines — World War II Special

I could see them scurrying in utter confusion, trying to escape being killed or captured. Others avoided capture by holding grenades to their chests and blowing themselves up. ~CJ Miller on PTSD
Digital Journal Report by Kelly Jadon - 2 comments

Japan 'set for first arms export' under new rules

Tokyo - Japan is set to approve its first arms export following relaxation of its self-imposed ban, as the nation aims to boost its global military and economic presence, a report said Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Supertyphoon Neoguri targets Japan

Tokyo - As the United States eastern seaboard recovers from July 4th's Hurricane Arthur, Pacific Supertyphoon Neoguri has Japan in its sights, reports from the Japan Meteorological Agency say.
In the Media by Chikako Uchinami

Japan to lift some sanctions on North Korea

Tokyo - Japan will revoke some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea, the prime minister announced Thursday, rewarding progress in a probe of the Cold War kidnapping of Japanese nationals.
In the Media by Shingo Ito (AFP)

Japan PM says military shift of historic significance

Tokyo - Japan's prime minister has likened the relaxation of strict rules on the country's military to the seismic shift of the Meiji Restoration -- a moment widely understood as the birth of the modern nation -- a report said.
In the Media by Kyoko Hasegawa (AFP)

Love Japan: Summer Star Festivals

Tokyo - On July 7th of each year, people in Japan look up to the sky and celebrate Tanabata Matsuri, the Star Festival. It's an ancient custom that reminds us of our connections to each other and to our heavenly ancestors in the starry sky above.
In the Media by Chikako Uchinami - 2 comments
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The Kuril Islands - first owned by Japan, now by Russia.
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Japanese rescue officials practice responding to an earthquake.
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Japanese rescue officials practice responding to an earthquake.
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A U.S. Air Force search and rescue crew survey an inlet in northeastern Japan
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A U.S. Air Force search and rescue crew survey an inlet in northeastern Japan
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The floating turbine offshore of the Goto Islands.
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The floating turbine offshore of the Goto Islands. Photo: 09/21/2012
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115-year-old Misao Okawa  now the world s oldest person according to Guinness Book of World Records.
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115-year-old Misao Okawa, now the world's oldest person according to Guinness Book of World Records.
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A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
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A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
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Tohoku Region: Rebuilding for a Better Tomorrow photo exhibit
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Toru Yamaji
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A helicopter rescue is part of the disaster readiness drill in Japan.
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